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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffARossi Date: Jun 11, 2007 1:28pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Uploaders Thread

Hi guys,

Yeah, the OTR section is kind of unique in this regard. In every other audio section, we don't usually have such a mix of file types to deal with. This feature makes a LOT more sense in other collections - it isn't "broken," it's just not the right thing for this sort of material.

I have a different solution, though, that's maybe a little easier for you guys. Tell us not to create derivatives.

When you upload a whole bunch of files and you get to the metadata editor page (the blue one where you enter a description and stuff), right above the submit button, there's a section called "Derivation Options." Click the "Allow no derivations for files in this item" option and then submit your metadata.

Since most of the OTR files I've seen aren't super big WAV or FLAC files, mostly they're mp3 files at various bitrates, this will help you in two ways:

1. We will not create any dedicated zip files for the item. The only option available will the the "download whole item" option, which is done with what we call "zip on the fly."

2. We will not create any dedicated m3u files for the item. The m3u files are what tell the flash player which tracks to play. If we create a 64kbps.m3u file, the player will only play the tracks that are at 64kbps. If we do NOT create an m3u file, we will again do it "on the fly" and all of the tracks will end up in the player (all of the mp3 tracks - we still won't play real media or wav or whatever).

Regarding the issue of not getting all of the files when you download... I just tried this on two items and they worked fine. So if you can give me an URL for an item you were having trouble with I'll take a look and see what I can see.

Alexis